Kevin continues his hot streak as catches dramatically improve

Carp fishing at Gingerbread Lake has dramatically improved with the likelihood that they are starting their autumnal feeding binge. Bailiff Kevin Gormley exploited a small clear patch he found taking seven carp from the spot, the best weighing 36lbs. Kevin said the big fish was the dark mirror that topped 40lbs earlier in the year but was now spawned out. He used Denham Baits ‘Inception’ boilies as bait. Ian Fisher caught mirrors weighing 21lbs and 15lbs on a recent visit and commented that both fish were in super condition. Bob Kitchener fished an overnight session but had to wait until the next morning to get some action. However, the wait was worthwhile as Bob caught a handsome 22lb 14oz mirror. John Hayden gave his neighbour Lee Webb some tips on how he had been catching carp in recent weeks. Lee followed John’s advice and promptly caught a whopping 31lb 10oz mirror, a new personal best for him. John Murphy was relieved to catch another carp after receiving the treatment from bream and tench in previous weeks! John caught a 19lb 4oz common carp.

A new member Eoghann Thomson got off to a cracking start at Swan Lake when he spotted groups of carp milling around some marginal weed beds. Eoghann opted for floaters fished in conjunction with a small bubble float and went on to land two pristine common carp weighing 18lbs and 22lbs.

Whilst carp tend to grab the headlines at McGregor Lake, anglers have been enjoying some great sport pole fishing on pellet taking up to 50 skimmers with the fish feeding throughout the day.

A number of crucian carp have been caught at Grace Lake with specimens weighing 1lb 8oz, 1lb 3oz and 1lb 13oz being reported. One member found a half grain of sweet corn to be a bait these wary fish seemed to like. It is clear that the more anglers who fish this new lake, the more likely it will be for more crucians to get caught as they get used to anglers’ baits. Ironically, the first reported crucian came from Grace Pool which was not stocked with them!

Neil Sampson has been concentrating on the Association’s river stretches and this week reported catching a 5lb 15oz chub from the River Ivel in Sandy. Chub in both the rivers Ivel and Ouse seem to be putting on weight probably as a result in the increasing numbers of signal crayfish that now inhabit these waters.

There are still vacancies to be filled at the forthcoming Carp School which is open to youngsters under 16 years of age who wish to learn how to catch this popular species of fish. The planned date for the School is the 22nd September and would-be participants are asked to register with Neil Sampson as soon as possible (telephone 01234 340062 or e-mail him at Another diary date is the next Open Day which is now planned for 27 October. Both events will be held at McGregor Lake and are open to non members with all tackle, bait and refreshments provided free of charge.